When people ask me and my husband where we're from, we try to give them the 3-minute version. Trouble is, there is no 3-minute version.
Will was born in Carthage, Tunisia, though his parents are American. His father was posted there for a job, and Will lived there for the first 5 years of his life. After a short, somewhat ill-fitting stint in suburban Connecticut, the family decamped to London, where they've lived ever since. Though Will has dual citizenship and has only lived in the U.S. for a small portion of his life, he has an American accent (paired, oddly, with almost zero knowledge of American pop culture.)
I was born in England. My father is English and my mother American. She met my father when she was travelling around the U.K. in the '70s. When my parents separated, I moved back to America, but returned most summers and eventually found my way to the University of St. Andrews, where Will and I first became acquainted.
In 2001, I moved to New York in the hopes of working in magazines. After graduating in 2002, Will moved to New Zealand where he found a job in the marine industry and lived in a van he named Thor. Struggling to find my way in journalism, I eventually wandered around the world for a year, doing a ski season in France and working on a boat in the Mediterranean as a chef. Life was pretty good, but I found myself bobbing around on said boat dreaming of New York.
Eventually, we both found our way to Brooklyn, and got back in touch. I got down to writing and Will found a job at a tech startup.
We began dating in 2004, when Will (bravely) agreed to move into a group apartment with me and 2 girlfriends in Williamsburg. Three weeks later, ill-advisedly, we began dating. In March of 2010, Will proposed on the side of a mountain in Switzerland.
We celebrated as we usually do...with copious amounts of cheese and plenty of wine.
The rest, as they say...
Well, we got married on the water in Maine, honeymooned in Paris and Istanbul, and had a baby boy named Axel. Nearly a decade on, we're still in Williamsburg and are loving everything about raising a kid in this odd little corner of North Brooklyn.